/// CBS Puts Football on Thursday, Joel McHale May Go to Late Late

May 14, 2014  |  Media Week

CBS is coming back swinging: the network is adding football to its strong Thursday night lineup from Sept. 11 to Oct. 30, opening the season for The Big Bang Theory . The mega-popular sitcom will take over Thursdays (along with the rest of the Thursday slate) after the seven weeks of pigskin. And with Craig Ferguson gone from The Late Late Show and Stephen Colbert set to take over for David Letterman, the network appears to have found its Late Late host: Joel McHale , now at-large after the much-lamented cancelation of NBC's constantly-on-the-bubble sitcom Community. Norm MacDonald, a favorite for the post, tweeted his congratulations and seems to have broken the news: Congratulations to @joelmchale , the new host of the late, late show. The #latelatenormnorm should be extinguished, unseemly now. Thanks, tho — Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) May 14, 2014 As far as CBS' primetime is concerned, that's it for The Crazy Ones, Hostages, and Intelligence—Mom and The Millers, however, are good for a sophomore go-round. Notably absent from the slate was How I Met Your Dad, the proposed spinoff of How I Met Your Mother (fan reaction ranged from disappointment to vindictive glee ). The network suffered some declines this year, dropping to third behind NBC and Fox in the crucial 18-49 demo, and so its slate is majorly reworked. Some highlights: Tea Leoni will star as a Hillary Clinton-ish character in Madam Secretary, a drama about a woman serving as secretary of state. The show will premiere on Sunday nights opposite football on NBC (and Once Upon a Time on ABC) at 8 p.m., where it will lead in to The Good Wife. Sunday nights have been extremely crowded in the last few years, so we'll see how this one fares. There's only one new comedy on the docket for CBS this year: The McCarthys, about an Irish-Catholic family in Boston. The show, broadcasting on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m., will lead out of Two and a Half Men. Interestingly, CBS originally ordered a single-camera pilot for the series and then switched it to multi-cam (making it more of a piece with the rest of the broadcaster's comedies). And speaking of Two and a Half Men, season 12 will be the end of the road for the long-running Chuck Lorre comedy, which has survived quite a bit of drama . Crime franchise spinoffs NCIS: New Orleans will play at 9 p.m., just after its progenitor (NCIS); CSI is moving to 10 p.m.

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